In September 2008, the SBC and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) worked together to convene a forum to address major challenges in seed research. The American Seed Research Summit brought together over 40 research leaders from industry, academia and government to discuss critical challenges facing the seed and plant breeding research community. The SBC’s Academic Director, Kent Bradford, and keynote speakers from Ball Horticultural (Anna Ball), USDA Agricultural Research Service (Eliot Herman), the University of Wisconsin (Molly Jahn), DuPont/Pioneer (William Niebur), and the Monsanto Company (Robert Fraley) provided viewpoints on seed research today and the challenges and opportunities for tomorrow. Participants worked through a structured workshop format to identify and prioritize the key research topics and policy issues facing the seed industry and to formulate strategies to address them. The Summit was made possible through the support of ASTA, the American Seed Research Foundation (ASRF), and the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB).
At the completion of the Summit, the following white paper was developed detailing the key research priorities and strategies identified by the participants:
Strategic Research, Education and Policy Goals for Seed and Crop Improvement (PDF)